Over the next two pages you will meet our wonderful peer-to-peer mentors. None of these mentors are trained therapists. They are volunteers who have lived life and want to be there for others and share what they have learned along their journey.
Penny is the CEO and Founder of All4The22. She is also a Gold Star Widow, and is the mother to 6 amazing boys. She loves to make sure people know someone cares. She has been thru life with a mother who was an addict, a father who was emotionally distant, a failed marriage, one that ended in suicide. She understands first hand that often times the dark isn’t easy to share with family and friends because they are causing the dark or that you feel they think your a burden. She also knows that sometimes you have to be your own glitter and shine so that the dark doesn’t win.
US Army Veteran, recovering addict, father to two Gold Star children, survivor of emotional and mental childhood abuse, survivor of suicide attempts, and lives with PTSD and anxiety. He understands the ins and outs of how the mind works when you come back from war. He also knows what it feels like to want to talk to someone who actually understands where you have been and where you are going.
Cristie is an Army Veterans wife and mother to 4 children. She is a survivor of childhood trauma and has been diagnosed with PTSD and several health issues so she understands the idiosyncrasies of the ins and outs of illness. She is also a survivor of self harm and is on the long road of recovery.
Hi my name Kenzie Campbell. I have gone through many family traumas. I have gone through bullying my entire life. I was born with a form of autism that I had to overcome many different obstacles to get to where I am today. I am a military spouse and a mother to little girl.
Jerry is a lifelong Chicago native. USMC veteran (91-95) Brother, uncle, friend and mentor.
Passionate about helping people, and passionate about service to our veteran community and causes.
Hi I’m Keoshia! I am a college student majoring in Fashion Design. I have anxiety, depression, I’m a sexual assault survivor, and I have been through a lot in my 21 years of life. This is only part of my story and I’d love to hear yours! I’m very open minded and a great listener.
I am a medically retired firefighter I have fought ptsd and depression for 11 years I also fought Alcohol abuse and know there are better days to come,
My name is Angalene, I am from Pennsylvania. I lost my fiance in 2007 when he was killed in action, making me a wiance and single mom to a gold star child. I am a mom to three kids. I am a work in progress. I live with the belief that your thoughts create your reality. I spent many years defining myself by the loss I have experienced. I lost who I might have been. I have PTSD and anxiety. I am proud of the person I am and the person I am becoming after losing myself for so many years. I love animals and I volunteer for the Animal Care Association twice a week. I find purpose in helping when I can where I can. I spent 7 years as a special needs paraprofessional helping kids with special needs. Because of health reasons I have had to change my career journey. I have always been an avid writer so my focus now is on publishing a book. I spent a long time lost in the wiance and mom roll. It is never to late to decide to be something or someone different. I am proof of this. We all have events we go through in life that help shape who we become. Sometimes it is hard to not get lost in those events and allow them to define us. It is brave and great accomplishment to come through those things with more understanding of who you are and what you can take from it to help others. My goal in being a part of this amazing organization is simple. Be there. Because sometimes we just need someone to be there.
Hello my name is Joshua O’Neal. I grew up in Southern Ca. And moved all over the place having spent time in the Indiana Army National Guard, and U.S. Navy I have had my share of tough times. But my faith has given me the strength to use the negative in my life and make them positive. Like the old saying goes; if life gives you lemons, make lemonade (I would make Lemon meringue pie ) I am happily married and I have had 2 beautiful daughters. My oldest is 15 going on 30 and my second daughter would have been 14 this year but she was called to heaven after 3 days. I have been a foster parent along with my wife. I love to talk but I love to listen to you more whatever you want to talk about we are here.
My name is Eric and I suffer from bipolar depression, anxiety, OCD along with a couple of other illnesses. I am a 3rd year college student and I have a full time job, so I stay busy. With this organization, I hope to be able to share my story with other people and gain people’s trust for them to tell me their stories so we are able to relate and talk about certain topics.
Blake is a Goldstar child, he is also a Cadet Corporal in his high schools JROTC. He struggles with Depression, Anxiety, and Separation Anxiety. He is very friendly and is as kind as he possibly can be.
Hi I’m Lauren, I’m a Goldstar child. Some of my favorite things to do are, listen to country music and play volleyball. Over my lifetime I’ve learned to work with my struggles, whether it be my depression, anxiety, or even my ADHD.
Joseph is another of our Teen Leaders. He is a Senior in high school, with B1 fluency in the German language. He plans on attending APSU in the fall of 2021 majoring in German and English Languages.
He is also a Gold Star Kid and has dealt with Anxiety, Bullying, and just being a teenager. He understands the dynamics of growing up in a home where a parent is absent. Although large in stature, Joseph, is a big teddy bear.